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Wednesday, 20 September 2023

A Bold Egret

I did not expect to see anything different or of interest, when I went for this local walk out on the Northern edge of the town. It was quite a strong wind and rain threatened most of the time.

Walking along a footpath by the river I was surprised to see ahead of me a Little Egret strutting about the path. He seemed rather interested in a small ditch that runs along side the river. The ditch is a run off from the adjacent river. Under normal circumstances this Egret would have flown away from that location as soon as it had seen me. Beyond the Egret there was a family sitting on a bench. 

The Egret then flew just up into a tree, perching no more than 3 metres from the ground.

It was quite happy for me to walk up to it and take these images.

It continued to look down into the ditch below. 
There was obviously something there that it was interested in. 

The Egret then dropped down into the ditch. 
I had to relocate to be able to see it and take these images.
I could see a small fish in its beak.

Searching around it found a much larger fish. 
Then it flew over into the adjacent field.

Just goes to show that you should not go out thinking you would not see anything of interest.

Thursday, 14 September 2023

More Nature from the Local Walks

Carder Bees visiting the flower of the invasive Himalayan Balsam.

These daisies grow on the side of a wall that forms one side of the River Frome flowing through the edge of  Town.  

Robins are again beginning to look at their best after the breeding season.

The Comma Butterfly (below) and the Red Admiral (see further below) are two species that can be easily found on the Bramble bush at this time. They love the goodness they get from the blackberries.

An eclipse male Mallard.

Red Admiral Butterfly

Another sign of the impending Autumn.

A female Mallard preening her feathers.

Saturday, 9 September 2023

Bar-tailed Godwit - Ferry Bridge

On Ferry Bridge waters Weymouth, the first Bar-tailed Godwit I have seen this Autumn. 
There were only two, but it was good to be able to get some shots of them.

Just a few Mediterranean Gull on Ferry Bridge waters.

I found this female Kestrel hiding out in a small tree and bramble bush area. 
Taking shelter from the hot sun for a while after a meal maybe.

I know what you're thinking. 
'Not more !?!!?!! Wheatear.'
This will be the last lot this year, I promise. 😇